China lowers political ties with Lithuania over Taiwan issue

12:35, 21 November 2021
China lowers political ties with Lithuania over Taiwan issue Photo: Victor Lisitsin/Russian Look/Global Look Press

China downgraded its diplomatic relations with Lithuania on Sunday after the country allowed Taiwan to open an embassy in the capital, Vilnius, according to Chinese broadcaster CCTV. 

“The Chinese government had to lower diplomatic relations between the two countries… to safeguard its sovereignty and the basic norm of international relations,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

China considers Taiwan to be its territory and often expresses concerns when “the runaway province”, the way China calls the island, makes firm decisions, and China pushes other countries to step back from deals with Taiwan.

Taiwan’s offices in the US and Europe go under the name of Taipei, to have no reference to the island itself.

Beijing calls upon other countries to break all political relations with Taiwan as the Chinese government wants the world to recognize the island as China’s territory. 

Taiwan has been threatened by China as the latter vowed to take the island by force if necessary and allowed its fighter jets to enter Taiwan’s air defense zone showing signs.